Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter Cookies
Thought you might enjoy this.... Interesting recipe.
Cookies for Easter to be made the evening before Easter.You will need to preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important - don'twait until you're half done with the recipe)!
1 cup whole pecans1 tsp. Vinegar3 egg whitesPinch salt1 cup sugarZipper baggieWooden spoonTapeBible
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the woodenspoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus wasarrested. He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. Vinegar into mixing bowl.Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegarto drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave Hislife to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brushthe rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tearsshed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.Read Luke 23:27.
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing.Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesusdied because He loves us. He wants us to know andbelong to Him. Read Palms 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutesuntil stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents -- inGod's eyes -- the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed byJesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' bodywas laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus'tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb wassealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.
Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!
On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed tofind the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9
Share The Easter Cookie Story With Friends and Family